One State's Legislation to Protect Elderly Advances to State Assembly

In once state, an Assembly panel today approved a bill to protect frail elderly people from exploitation. According to one senator and advocate for the legislation, the measure is to target individuals who prey on elderly  who are suffering from a mental disease or condition rendering them incapable of making financial decisions on their own. 

The bill approved by the Health and Senior Services Committee upgrades certain thefts committed against the elderly to third-degree crimes, which are punishable by up to five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $15,000, or both. In addition, cases involving less than $200 would be upgraded to a crime of the fourth degree from the current level of a disorderly person’s offense. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter,Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg,Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.